Steam Forum Accounts Hacked

The personal information and credit card details of 35

million Steam account holders may have been compromised following an attack by

hackers.

A security breach of the Steam discussion forums led to an

investigation by the service’s owner Valve, which then uncovered the intrusion

into the user database on 6 November last.

The attackers used login details from the forum hack to then

access the database which contained user names, hashed and salted passwords,

game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card

information.

Steam, a video game download service, which currently has 35

million users, shut down the forums once the attack was detected, initially

saying it was for maintenance.

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However a statement by Valve boss, Gabe Newell, posted on

the site last night, confirmed the extent of the attack. He also said that

despite credit card and account information being compromised there was no

evidence so far that it was being misused.

“We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers

or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the

protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still

investigating,” Newell said.

Newell did however warn users to keep an eye on their credit

card account for any strange activity.

While only a few forum member accounts are known to have

been hacked, all members will be required to change their password when they

try and login in again. However as the company doesn’t know of any Steam

accounts being compromised, it won’t be forcing a password change there.

The forums are still out of action on the Steam site, but

Valve has said it is woking on getting them back up and running as soon as

possible.

Source: Steam

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